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Yet another week has gone by with no end in sight for the pandemic. Being able to distinguish weeks became a challenge months ago, so no surprises there. But the weather is getting colder and winter is coming (hopefully not Martin's winter - we had enough of that this year already). I used to love winter, I used to look forward to it. But for the past few years, it has tended to be a very gloomy season. I'm usually just looking forward to it ending. So, this year, it's going to be harder to get through the season, especially since we are all still mostly at home. Mind you, I don't mind the restrictions as they do have a useful purpose, but wish more people followed them well and that we had done a better job when the weather was warmer to keep the virus at bay so that it didn't have to last this long. But that argument probably won't stick anyways, as many countries are now facing second waves. At the end of the day, we really need a vaccine but I hope that isn…

The Sunday Salon: A two-month old birthday and a road trip

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Happy Sunday and Fall season! September 22 is officially the end of the summer season, here in the Northern hemisphere. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet because my summer was way too short - it passed in a blur of pregnancy tiredness and baby business. Still, it's hard not to love Fall and all that is associated with it. It's what comes after (winter and the dreary landscapes and all the heavy jackets) that makes me dread this quick ending of summer.

Shreya is two months old today. How did that happen? She has her two month checkup tomorrow so we'll know how tall she is and how much she weighs. I'm sure she's in the 90+ percentile for both. She is right now learning how to use her fist for... sucking. Yep, the whole fist.


I'm two months old today. I love to coo, stand,
hear my humans talk, stare at bright stuff.
Milestones: Slept all night, First outing, First smile.

Two weekends ago, we had taken a road trip to Williamsburg, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. All these places are within a half hour distance from where we were staying in Newport News. The idea was to learn what it's like to travel with a baby. And we learned a lot - that we'll have to take quite a few long breaks for feeding and so planning outings around the breaks is the right thing to do. That because of the frequent breaks, we should plan a few days per tourist place, if we wanted to explore it fully. That noisy restaurants are a no-go if we wanted the baby sleeping through the meal, or else someone may have to hold the baby, and we will end up gulping down our meal so that we can rotate holding the baby. And that a vacation can be tiring as well, and sometimes sacrifices have to be made.


A reenactment at Williamsburg USS Wisconsin

Still, we enjoyed the trip - it was my first big outing after Shreya was born and I was glad to get out of the house. We saw a couple of reenactments at Williamsburg, toured the USS Wisconsin battleship, and spent some time at the beach as well.

Last weekend, my library had a book sale. I wasn't planning on buying too many books because I had a book buying spree only in April, but when I was told that I can fill a whole bag with books for just three bucks, I didn't try to waste that opportunity. Here's what I bought (in addition to some baby books):

Last week, I finished reading Louise O' Neill's Only Ever Yours and I loved it. I loved how conflicted it made me feel. I'm hoping to discuss more about it this week. I started reading Nawal El-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero for Aarti's #Diversiverse event. I'm hoping to read one more book for the event but we'll see about it. Right now, my reading temperament is being very picky. I have Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House lined up next.

Right now, Shreya is sleeping, and the husband is out shopping. I am still working on my mitts and am hoping to finish them today. So close to the finish! I don't have any other major plans for the rest of the day. Hopefully just some knitting and blogging.

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